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    Cooking by the Book

    Cooking by the Book
    I learned to cook out of necessity. When I moved out of the house, I knew how to cook two things: ramen, and french toast (in a nonstick skillet). As a child, I never spent much time in the kitchen. At my grandmothers' houses, I stood at the doorjamb and watched. Occasionally, one would ask me to chop vegetables or shell ...
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    Moulard Duck, a Unique Specialty in French Region

    Moulard Duck, a Unique Specialty in French Region
    I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Aquitaine region in the southwestern part of France. It's a unique and beautiful place that oozes a rich and fierce history. There are 12th- and 13th- century castles that dot the banks of the Dordogne River and quaint villages and "bastides" (walled towns) that boast incredible outdoor markets brimming with local culinary specialties ...
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    The Testicle Festival, for Those Who Can Stomach it.

    The Testicle Festival, for Those Who Can Stomach it.
    The judges gathered around the pool table at the Union Brewery Saloon, their palates attuned despite thick nicotine haze. They were here to assess the taste, texture, appearance and creative flair of a not-for-the-faint-of-heart culinary tradition known as the mountain oyster - the Wild West on a plate. Of all the country's gastronomic competitions, perhaps none compare to the challenge facing ...
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    Taco Bell Ad Star Gidget the Chihuahua Dies at 15

    Taco Bell Ad Star Gidget the Chihuahua Dies at 15
    LOS ANGELES - Gidget the Chihuahua, the bug-eyed, big-eared star of 1990s Taco Bell commercials who was a diva on and off the screen, has died. She was 15. Gidget suffered a massive stroke late Tuesday night at her trainer's home in Santa Clarita and had to be euthanized, said Karin McElhatton, owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic, which owned ...
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    The Scotch and How We’re Sold It: A Balvenie Tasting.

    The Scotch and How We’re Sold It: A Balvenie Tasting.
    I don’t like wearing suits to industry tastings. From top to toe the beverage industry is riddled with bro-deals and glad-handing; besides, sporting a suit makes me feel like a broker, when, ostensibly at least, I’ve come to assess and appreciate the aesthetic qualities of the subject at hand—the subject usually being wine. I stroll in with scuffed leather boots and ...
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    Say No to HR 2749, Say Yes to Local Farming

    Say No to HR 2749, Say Yes to Local Farming
    ROCKLAND, Maine - As the nation's eaters grow more and more concerned about where their food comes from, experts say Maine is poised to be a leader in the movement away from industrial farming and toward fresh and local fare. "People say we're backwards in Maine. I think we're very progressive," said Melissa Kelly, executive chef and co-owner of Rockland restaurant ...
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    Bermuda: An Intoxicating Island

    Bermuda: An Intoxicating Island
    I had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful island of Bermuda last week. I was very excited to enjoy the sun, relax, and explore the island cuisine. I was especially interested in exploring the beverage category, since, as a matter of principle, I was on vacation; and, as a point of journalistic exploration, I am interested in extending beverage information ...
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    In Defense of Fancy Water

    In Defense of Fancy Water
    Jesus impressed his disciples by turning water into wine. Water sommelier Michael Mascha thinks water is miraculous enough. Supermarket shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with bottles of water, most of which comes from a tap, just like the one you have at your kitchen sink. So why are we paying for it? Because, at least according to Michael Mascha, the ...
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    Andrew Bell: Connecting Sommeliers

    Andrew Bell: Connecting Sommeliers
    Spring is time for growth in the wine industry, not only in the vineyards but also in the city. Wine buyers flock to open convention spaces filled with rows of wide-eyed wine makers, sales people, and distributors pouring tastes of new vintages of wine. This is the season for making new friends and connecting with important people in the wine industry. ...
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    Sales of Organic Food Slump By Up To 30 Percent

     Sales of Organic Food Slump By Up To 30 Percent
    Supermarkets are the big losers as shoppers turn to box schemes and local shops for fresh produce Demand for organic food has fallen faster than expected, according to new statistics about shoppers' habits. Consumers who were once prepared to pay a premium for organic produce are turning to cheaper alternatives, cutting sales by a fifth in the past year. Although some ...
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    Jamie Oliver Cooks for the G20 Conference

    Jamie Oliver Cooks for the G20 Conference
    It is among the trickiest of decisions for any hostess. But when Sarah Brown was deciding who to put next to Michelle Obama at tonight’s dinner for summit spouses in 10 Downing Street, she had years of experience in public relations to draw on. Seated on one side of Mrs Obama will be J. K. Rowling, the author; on the other ...
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    The Chef is ALWAYS the Boss.

    The Chef is ALWAYS the Boss.
    In his 2003 memoir, "The Apprentice," chef Jacques Pepin describes how he left his classmates and family at age 13 and became an unpaid kitchen intern. He worked his way up quickly. By his early 20s, Pepin had become chef to French President Charles de Gaulle. He has since become one of the world's best-known French chefs. At this point, it ...
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    Goat Meat: The New Beef?

    Goat Meat: The New Beef?
    Q. Is goat meat a healthier choice than other meats? A. Goat meat, long popular in the Caribbean and parts of Latin America and Asia, was named by Time magazine as one of the Top 10 Food Trends of 2008. It is lean meat, with saturated fat content comparable to that of skinless roast chicken. However, its composition classifies it as ...
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    Gordon Ramsay Faces His Biggest Crisis

    Gordon Ramsay Faces His Biggest Crisis
    GORDON RAMSAY has an identity crisis. The star of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," now in its sixth season, is the best-known chef in the world, but his cooking empire, which includes 25 restaurants and two additional television series ("Kitchen Nightmares"; "The F Word"), has been under siege. Ramsay sold his Los Angeles restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, to the ...
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    Gourmet Magainze Closes, Ending an Era

    Gourmet Magainze Closes, Ending an Era
    After nearly 70 years of fine eating, the lavish meal known as Gourmet magazine is over. Conde Nast blamed the tough economic climate Monday when it told its staff it was closing the stalwart of the food media world, long considered the dean of culinary publishing. "It's the center of gravity, a major planet that's just disappearing," said chef and author ...
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    This Is Why You're Fat (.com)

    This Is Why You're Fat (.com)
    Richard Blakeley and Jessica Amason enjoy chili-cheese Tater Tots. One thing seems fairly certain in times of ­economic distress: As employee rosters and paychecks around the world become leaner, the food that people eat becomes fatter. McDonald's total U.S. sales were ­reportedly up 2.8% in February compared with the same month last year, and that was after rising 2.6% in January. ...
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    The Forbidden Fruit: Grapefruit

    The Forbidden Fruit: Grapefruit
    It was Griffith Hughes in 1750, who first described the Grapefruit as the “Forbidden Fruit”, which he found growing in Barbados. Later in 1789, it was reported growing in most parts of Jamaica. In 1823, that Count Odette Phillipe took grapefruit seeds from the Bahama Islands to Safety Harbor near Tampa, Florida where he planted them. Once the trees bared fruit ...
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    Marshmallows Not Just Plain Vanilla Anymore

    Marshmallows Not Just Plain Vanilla Anymore
    BERKELEY, Calif. - If you're still using plain old vanilla marshmallows at your campfire or in your cocoa, you're out of touch. The next generation of marshmallow lovers is amping the flavor of their puffy confections, taking their s'mores to new heights with tricks like slicing and stuffing them. And the marshmallow industry is taking notice. Long a fixture in the ...
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    Spain Basques in the Culinary Spotlight

    Spain Basques in the Culinary Spotlight
    The Once-Overlooked Country Is Now the World's Top Food Destination Italy, move over. France, watch your back. The capital of good eating has officially shifted to Spain, with foodies from all over the world hailing its cuisine as el mejor. In the interest of full disclosure: I haven’t set foot in Basque Country in years—like, since the first number in my ...
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    Research Matters...Yield and Food Quality

    Research Matters...Yield and Food Quality
    One element in the debate about the relative merits of organic and conventional systems of growing is the impact they have on food quality. Food quality is notoriously difficult to define but the article below attempts this and reviews the effects of yield and of organic production on food quality. Organic systems generally produce food containing a higher concentration of nutrients ...
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